Welcome back, friends, to the unrivaled, the unflappable, the unwavering, unanimous, ultimate beauty that is the Masters. The Tradition unlike any other took a few strokes back on Friday and will only get more difficult as the weekend progresses. Let’s recap some of today’s more notable events.
TIGER WATCH, DAY 2
Tiger had a share for the lead most of the day today, until he hit a routine chip shot onto the 15th green that hit the flagstick and ricocheted into the water, taking a cold dip, into the deep waters of Augusta National. He followed that up with a bogey on 18, putting him three shots back of the leader, Jason Day. This was an unfortunate turn and monkeywrench in the previously solid round that Tiger had going for him. He’s still in contention. Be afraid.
LEADER AFTER DAY 2
Australian Jason Day leads at -6, while the forever young Fred Couples is tied for second with Marc Leishman at -5.
RICKIE FOWLER OUTFIT OF THE DAY
In an interesting step forward from Key Lime Pie Thursday, Rickie went for an argyle, two-toned shirt with white pants. Everything’s boring until Rickie’s “Sunday Orange.”
WHAT’S THAT LOUD CHOKING SOUND?
Oh hey, it’s Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson. Mr. Garcia showed up on the course today and blew his lead all the way back down to -2 and tied for 14th. Dustin Johnson and his huge driving distance reached the top of the leaderboard at -7, remembered that he was Dustin Johnson and fell backwards. Johnson finally stopping the bleeding and ending his day at -1 tied for 20th. But at least Dustin Johnson is still dating Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina.
VICTIMIZED & VINDICATED
After seemingly making the cut, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan ended his day at +4 and was looking forward to playing over the weekend. Guan was unfortunately penalized for slow-play on the 17th hole after his round, becoming the first player penalized in a tournament since 1995 – three years before Guan was born. But after every golfer was done playing and Jason Day finished the day at -6, Guan’s +4 was good enough to qualify under Augusta’s 10-shot cut line and we will be seeing the young Chinese golfer on Saturday and Sunday. Suck it, rules officials.